Thoughts on Obama’s highly religious weekly address?

Apr 24, 2014

Discussion by: yumyumbob2

Obama posts weekly addresses in which he usually talks about economic or social issues, however this week (April 19) he talked about the religious value of easter. It is not unusual for him to mention his religion, but this is a whole different magnitude. He stated : "These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago.  And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today.  They remind us of our responsibilities to God and, as God’s children, our responsibilities to one another. " He procedes to give a brief description of his belief that Jesus died for our sins. He then makes the valid point that "The common thread of humanity that connects us all… is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves." He does, mentions nonbelievers later in that paragraph, so there is an acknowledgement that we exist.

I was shocked by his pushing of a religious message. Christians are a majority in America, but I did not think that the president's weekly address was the right place for religion, although he has the freedom to say what he wants. What do other people think of this? Are you angry? Indifferent?

One comment on “Thoughts on Obama’s highly religious weekly address?”

  • I don’t suppose there is any point in trying to be elected for anything in the US unless you at least appear to be religious yourself. The most important pretence for this that you quote the Bible a bit and throw in the words “God” and “Jesus” a few times and talk about the good old days when miracles were believed in and maybe go to church as well. Then you can throw in a few photo’s of the president shaking hands with the local vicar, or whatever they call them over there, and bingo, the job’s yours.
    I don’t think any presidential speech is ever worth a can of beans because it’s necessarily deceitful. so none of us can really know whether Obama is religious or not. Speeches are rarely ad libbed because they are written by professional writers who know full well that what is said is generally believed.

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